were manufactured in Hastings, Minnesota and in St. Paul. By 1920 and on into the
1930s Lund’s skis soon gained a widespread reputation for unsurpassed quality with
Northland claiming to be "the largest manufacturer of skis in the world", they even
exported to Europe-which was rare for a company during this time in American history.
In addition to its popular "Northland" and less expensive ski line- "Lund Skis",
from 1911 to 1974, in St. Paul MN and an eastern factory in Laconia, New Hampshire. At
gameplay. Northlands tag line read as: "Recognized wherever hockey is played as the
world's finest hockey stick". In the 1920s and early 1930s Northland published some of
the first U.S. how-to-ski pamphlets printed in the U.S.
Lund’s two sons had an active role in the firm’s life, but Northland was cut short by a
series of disastrous fires in the 1940s and 1950s and went out of business in the middle
1950s. Northland was absorbed into another firm about this same time. In the late 1960s
Northland was forced to adopt fiberglass skis and became just another ski company-its
product was pedestrian.
In December of 1965, Northland Ski Manufacturing Company and C.A. Lund Company
Industries, which built Larson and Glaspar fiberglass boats in Little Falls, MN. Larson
into snowmobiles, pool tables, travel trailers, and other sports- and then went bankrupt.
Most Larson stock was acquired by Wilson Sporting Goods in 1970 and the Larson
conglomerate closed for a short time. Following the demise of Larson Boat Works
Industries the "Northland" name was resurrected by Jamie O'Brien whom owned and
operated a successful water ski business when he purchased Northland out of
bankruptcy. Jamie continued on with the Northland name until 1992 when all of the
patents, trademarks and logos associated with Northland Hockey sticks were sold to the
Northland Hockey for a short time until a lawsuit forced Christian to stop doing so. The
machinery used to produce Northland sticks was sold to Dale Kicker of Bending
their relocation to Osceola, WI in the summer of 1994.
Source in part www.acbs-bslol.com
Dale Kicker interview by VMH.com on 8-13-08